Boardwalk, Downtown, CDA
Written by Jennifer Haler
March 10, 2014
This last weekend we didn’t have much time to get out, unfortunately, so we decided to go someplace close. We just wanted to get outside but didn’t have time to drive any long distances.
It was raining a bit but that didn’t bother us so we headed out first to the dike road. We drove along and got out at a spot we like; walking around for a little while. My kids love to climb the trees here so we let them do it for a few moments. Of course, while they were doing this I noticed that one of my daughters was wearing her brand new jeans. I have been telling her for the last month to stop wearing her holey jeans to school. I pointed it out to her and she just smiled at me. Kind of an “oops” grin and said, “You told me not to wear my holey jeans anymore.”
Oh well. :) Jeans are made for getting dirty and used I guess.
Then this same kiddo (who was wearing her good jeans) asked if we could go to the steps since we had not been there in a while. We hopped in the car, parked a bit closer, and played on the steps at City Beach. There was a group nearby doing a plunge into the cold water; we watched them for a few minutes, enjoying their cheers. Each one was brave enough to jump in!
Meanwhile my husband was bargaining with my kids and making bets. If they step down to a certain step where their feet will get wet he will give them $2.00. Go one step lower where legs get wet and they would get $5.00. Plunge all the way in and he would give them 20 bucks. I told the kids they should hold out for more. It was hilarious to listen to them counter his offers with everyone trying to outsmart each other. It would have been hilarious if they had done it but no one plunged in. Thankfully so, because then we would have had to go home right away and instead we got to head to the boardwalk. Look at that, I finally managed to get to the point of the blog.
Next up, we decided to walk around the boardwalk (see). We hadn’t been on it in long time and thought it would be fun. Currently the boardwalk is being worked on so parts are blocked off. But in general the boardwalk can be a very nice walk.
It is level with just a few spots where you are walking up or down ramps. There is a small circular set of steps to take you over an arched walkway and then another set of steps down on the other side. The arch is there to let the boats in and out of the water and docks.
While walking along you can get some beautiful views of the lake and Tubbs Hill. In the warmer weather you can see parasails and the sea planes taking off and landing.
The part currently being worked on is the seating area. This spot usually has several benches and tables making a nice place to stop for a view or eat a meal. The boardwalk is also part of the Mudgy and Millie Trail.
One thing that has bothered me a bit about the boardwalk through the last several years is the adding on of docking areas right on the side of the boardwalk. So now in the summer months one whole side is filled with boats. I feel it takes away from the experience a bit. Thankfully they have left the other side open.
In general the boardwalk is a nice, short walk with some pretty views and it is really close to many restaurants and stores in the downtown area.
I love spending time with my family doing all the wonderful activities in the Inland Northwest.